In the business world, women are making themselves known. But it’s not easy to make it to the top, especially for a woman. The gender gap still plays a huge role in today’s world whether we like to admit it or not. However, that doesn’t stop these incredible business women. In honor of International women’s day last week, we decided to highlight just a few business women.
Meg Whitman has been a huge part of the business realm since the 1980s. She held higher up positions in companies such as Disney, Dreamworks, Proctor & Gamble, and Hasbro. What’s more impressive is that she executed a very high-profile split at Hewlett-Packard, where she was CEO. Now, there are two companies, HP Enterprises which is software and tech services, and HP Inc. whose main focus is on personal computers and printers. Currently, she is the CEO of HP Enterprises and serves on the board for HP Inc. But that’s not all, she is also very political and ran for governor of California in 2010.
With multiple bachelors degrees, an MBA, and a masters degree, Indra Nooyi is a force to be reckoned with. She first joined PepsiCo in 1994 and gradually worked her way up. As a matter of fact, she was named CFO and president by 2001. A mere 6 years later she was named the CEO. In addition, PepsiCo has seen a 72 percent increase in revenue since 2001. Indra Nooyi was the driving force behind acquiring companies such as Tropicana, Quaker Oats, and Gatorade. Plus, she has consistently made lists for the most powerful women.
Ginni Rometty started her career in business at General Motors Institute after she graduated in 1979. Shortly after, in 1981 she became a systems engineer for IBM at the Detroit office. She has climbed the corporate ladder at IBM, and in 2011 Rometty became the first woman CEO there. Also, the next year Samuel Palmisano retired as chairman, and Rometty took that role as well. She’s been ranked on the top of the 50 most powerful women in business for 10 years.
Last but not least, we’ll take a look at Abigail Johnson, the current CEO, chairman, and president of Fidelity. It’s known that her father Edward, the previous CEO, groomed Abigail from a young age. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that she’s an all around powerhouse. When she first became CEO in 2014, she swiftly cut costs and fired incapable managers. Oh, and did I mention she is one of the wealthiest women in the world?
For the most part, the two sides of our brain work differently in the way that information is processed. In fact, most people lean towards one way of thinking more than the other. However, that doesn’t mean that one way is better than the other. But what exactly does it mean to be “left brained” or ” right brained” anyway?
Interestingly, it is said that people who are more logical and analytical favor their left hemisphere. Do you love making lists and planning things out? I know I do. That’s also a characteristic of the left side. Typically, if you’re left brained it means you are skilled at math or science and like sequencing ideas. Also, you’d be more prone to rational thought and make decisions without getting feeling or emotions in the way. Everything has to be well-documented and the left brained likes to read directions. Another interesting trait is that they are dog people. Although, I don’t know how much merit there is to that one. In addition, the lefties also have a different learning style. They enjoy learning in order, or sequences and are very realistic. In a classroom, they like to work by themselves.
On the other hand, it is said that those who favor the right brain are the creative ones. And, there is some truth to that. When it comes to planning, they definitely prefer to live more spontaneously. Perhaps the right brained are more disorganized, even. They tend to think and act on their feelings rather than rational thought. In general, they are much more emotional. But, like I said they are more creative. Usually, they’re good at sports, enjoy writing non-fiction, and love music. Not to mention most enjoy creating art in some form or another. A right brained person probably doesn’t like reading directions and solves problems intuitively. Additionally, they are said to be cat lovers. When it comes to learning, they thrive with hands-on activities and with visuals. They love working on projects in groups and interacting with others. Also, they think more about the big picture than the small details.
Two Become One
Reading both lists, I definitely have characteristics of both and wouldn’t necessarily say I’m one or the other. The same is probably true for a lot of people. The key is to strengthen the side of your brain that isn’t favored. Who says you can’t write a non-fiction story if you’re a left brainer. Just like anything, the more you practice the better you’ll become.
Team building exercises or the annual company outing doesn’t have to be a drab affair. Does your staff need a little pick me up? Long gone are the days of dreading quality time with your coworkers. Especially since a lot of companies are seeking different and more creative ways to inspire their staff. Not only does a good company outing help your employees bond, but it can help reduce stress around the office. Plus, they’re just plain fun! For some great ideas, check out the list below.
First of all, offering up your services to a cause that may really need it feels spectacular. But sharing that experience with other people is a really great way to bond. In addition, there are so many different organizations out there that you’ll never run out of ideas. For instance, activities that require people to work together include building a house for habitat for humanity. Or, for those animal lovers consider helping out at a local animal shelter.
Who Dun It?
Secondly, a really fun company outing is a mystery dinner. Depending on the size of your company, you may need to go in groups. The idea is that your employees enjoy a great meal, sometimes up to 4 courses, while trying to solve a murder mystery! This is just all around a great company outing, and sparks interesting conversation.
Next, escape rooms are gaining so much popularity lately. The idea is that a number of people go into a room. There are clues and puzzles that have to be solved within a certain time frame in order to “escape the room”. An escape room is a great bonding experience because you have to work together to solve everything. To up the ante, give a prize to the fastest time!
For the outdoorsy type, a kayaking trip can be a great way to work together. In fact, it takes a lot of effort to paddle the right way, and prevent your team from going in circles. Encourage people to kayak with those they don’t normally interact with at work. If you’re interested in something not as fast paced, a canoe might be your cup of tea.
Become a tourist
Yes that’s right, get out there and doing something ultra touristy. Your city may have some great things to offer and you should embrace it. For instance, duck tours are really fun and slightly embarrassing but you’ll probably learn something new. Inspire your staff to be goofy and laugh at themselves.
Additionally, nothing brings people together quite like food. Instead of making a company outing to a restaurant or bar, have everyone cook for themselves. I’m talking about taking a cooking class! It entails following directions and working together to create something delicious. And, the best part is that when you’re done you get to eat.
Get that blood pumping. Organize a company wide yoga session, day hike, or workout. Exercising helps alleviate stress and you feel great afterwards. Also, you’ll find that your staff will encourage each other to succeed and reach their goals.
Workout your Brain
Workout your Body
Get to Bed
Hang Out With Friends
Laughter is the Best Medicine
Don’t Focus on competition
Phone attention etiquette
Etiquette in the little things
Life can be completely unpredictable. Many say that it’s like a rollercoaster, with lots of ups and downs. How is it possible to move forward with your dreams when we live in a world like that? Working full time can make it seem impossible. But having kids on top of everything else makes following your dreams that much harder. If you don’t consistently take time for self-improvement, a lot of that time will be wasted. Unfortunately, there’s no way to get back lost time. You don’t want to wake up one day and wonder what you did with your life. Make that moment now. Try to do these 8 things before 8 am, and set yourself up for greatness.
Get enough sleep
Most importantly, make sure you are getting enough sleep! Getting enough rest is up there with drinking enough water. Everyone says that it is important, and yet so many people fail to follow this key step. Not only will you be fatigued after an insufficient amount of rest, but continually getting less than 7 hours a night can lead to health problems. On the other hand, 7 or more hours of sleep per night has a lot of great benefits. For example, you can look forward to an increased attention span and memory. Being fully rested can lift your mood, and help you be more creative. You might even save some money on that morning coffee, as you’ll be less likely to crave caffeine. Make an effort to set a designated bedtime, and actually go to sleep when that time comes. Trying to be successful without a good sleep schedule is pointless.
Once fully rested, you need to fill yourself with positive thoughts to get your morning going. If you wake up angry, you’re almost certainly going to have a bad day. Whatever your beliefs, try to focus on prayer or meditation. Doing so will make you grateful for everything you have, and ensure that you’re starting your day off on the right foot. People are drawn to the positivity of others.
Also, another thing you should be doing before 8 am is exercise. Despite the fact that exercise is extremely beneficial, only about one-third of the American population exercises on a daily basis. Make it a habit to get regular exercise and you’ll see positive changes in your mood, health, and productivity. For instance, go to the gym directly after your meditation session to get your body moving. Caring for your body directly corresponds with caring for your career.
We’ve all heard it before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, the right breakfast will set you up for success. Try to eat at least 30 grams of protein as a part of your morning meal. Foods that are protein rich help keep you full longer. That’s because they take longer to digest than foods like carbohydrates. In fact, protein helps regulate your blood sugar, thus preventing hunger spikes throughout your morning. Also, you’ll notice cravings for bad carbs are decreased. Bad carbs such as donuts or bagels can make you feel sluggish, and you’ll be hungrier a lot earlier on.
As a person who thoroughly enjoys hot showers, this next idea is a tough one. Although hot showers are nice, sometimes taking a cold shower is the way to go. Interestingly, studies have shown that taking cold showers regularly can help treat depression. The cold water can trigger neurochemicals, which in turn can make you feel happy. Jumping into cold water is the hardest part, but usually, after about 20 seconds your body is used to it. In addition, you’ll notice some other benefits too. Hot water can dry out your skin and hair, but cold water won’t.
A lot of successful people are always on the hunt for more knowledge. But where do they find the time to read, learn, and grow? It’s pretty simple, actually. You can start by listening to audiobooks on the commute to and from work. Many people spend that time listening to the radio when they could be stimulating their brain before the work day has even begun. Also, try reading for half an hour before going to bed. Before you know it, you’ll have hundreds of books under your belt.
You may have set goals for yourself already, and that’s great. However, take the time to write your goals down, long term and short term. Sometimes, the simple act of writing your goals down can help you stick to them. Make an effort to read your list of goals every day. Thinking about your goals will help guarantee that you’re doing things daily to work towards them. Eventually, you’ll reach them and can make even greater goals.
Lastly, prioritize your daily tasks. Try to tackle the hardest things while you still have the most energy. Otherwise, if you leave the hard stuff for the end of the day, it’ll never get done. Don’t put stuff off any longer than you have to. Jump in and tackle the hard stuff.